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PRINCETON — The Princeton City Council met Monday night and were presented with concerns from residents of the Washington Avenue/Highland Avenue area.

Two residents of the area said that a couple of juveniles were breaking into their homes, stealing items from them and threatening them and that the Princeton Police Department had failed to respond in a timely fashion.

After further discussion, Police Chief Tim Gray said he would work on the situation with the residents.

In other matters dealing with emergency providers, the Princeton Fire Department reported that 26 applications for positions had been given out. Of those, 11 were returned with eight applicants appearing for testing and five making it through the testing and being added to the hiring lists with interviews scheduled this month.

The PFD has been recertified by the State Fire Commission.

The PFD has met with several companies concerning refurbishing the fire training center including Fredeking-Stafford Construction, American Plumbing and Surface Fencing.

Gray reported that the Police Department was awaiting results from the State Crime Lab regarding a fatal hit-and-run on Thorn Street on Oct. 26.

He added that a visit to a Concord University criminology class in an attempt to recruit qualified candidates for the PPD had only seen one student picking up an application to date.

Ptlm. Zane Jones is now on solo patrol following completion of training at the State Police Academy and in-service training.

Officers are doing night firing weapons qualification as part of twice-annual weapons qualification.

The PPD Detective Bureau recently executed a search warrant at a city address which netted over 11 pounds of marijuana, $11,000 in cash and assorted weapons.

Gray said the PPD and city officials had been meeting with other jurisdictions and company representatives on a project for the placement of cameras at strategic points in the city.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com

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